Standoffs highlight Shasta County’s suicide problem
Deputies: Suicidal veteran sent to hospital after waving machete in Shingletown
May 6, 2016
Shasta County Sheriff's deputies early Friday confronted a 26-year-old man - who they later identified as a veteran suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder - after he was spotted waving a machete as passerbys in Shingletown, they said.
Dispatchers just before 1 a.m. received report of the man waving the machete near Reed's Market on Highway 44.
Deputies responded to the area to find the man walking along the highway. They tried to talk to him but he kept walking, according to the Sheriff's Office.
The man was then seen holding a machete, at which point deputies ordered him to stop walking and put the machete down, deputies said.
The man complied with that order and another to kneel on the ground, deputy Jon Ruiz said. He then pulled a knife to his neck and told deputies he wrote a letter which they took to mean a suicide note, Ruiz said.
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